|In the spring of 07 Washoe County Parks gave us
as a project, a 1937 International Farmall F-12. The tractor was
donated to the Bartley Ranch some 10 plus years ago. Having been
exposed to the elements for to many years it was in real rough shape.
Tires were flat, engine wouldn't turn over, radiator leaked, gas
tank leaked and the magneto was in pieces. Were we up to the challenge?
Time would tell. We started with as much help as we could get together
removing as many parts as we could. The crankcase had been full
of water, pistons were rusted solid to the sleeves. We were wondering
if this tractor would ever run again? But we had accepted the challenge
and the work had begun. After many hours of wire brushing and sandblasting
the tractor looked like it would run again. Found a radiator core
that was good, rebuilt the oil pump, carburetor and fuel pump. Took
the head and crank to the machine shop and after getting it back,
and after putting the engine back together, everything is ready
for a paint job. After a paint job, reassembly and starting was
all that remained. Getting the old girl to fire was the next challenge.
After several hours of dragging it around we had it running but
not well, carburetor needed a little more work, magneto had a short.
After a few more hours of tinkering, the tractor was now running
great. The following weekend we delivered the F-12 where it now
is proudly on display to all who wants to see her.